Apple has begun a process to end its use of the popular photo sharing app Snapchat to avoid being linked to a cyber-security company that has been linked to attacks on the company.
The move comes after an investigation by The Associated Press showed how Snapchat users’ photos, videos and other content were shared on the app without their permission.
The company has previously said it would stop sharing content without permission, but it said it was also considering a “permissionless sharing” approach.
The AP investigation showed that in a series of messages and chats between July and October, two men from California called the California State University at Los Angeles used Snapchat to send the messages and photos they were sharing without the user’s knowledge.
The men, who remain anonymous, also used the app to send encrypted messages and images of themselves to other users in Los Angeles, which prompted the university to launch an investigation.
In a statement, Snapchat said it is working with state law enforcement authorities to “review our compliance policies and practices and determine how we can further reduce the risk to our users.”